If you’re just getting into the beauty world—you know, the one that encompasses everything from skincare to haircare to makeup–chances are good that you find it to be a little intimidating. After all, there are just so many different ways of caring for one’s skin and hair, and applying makeup that, if you are a beginner who doesn’t know the difference between a sheet mask and a fan brush, it can be difficult to know where to begin.
Fortunately, there is a lot of good advice online. And, even more fortuitously, there happen to be a lot of good pieces of advice in this Reddit thread specifically for beauty newbies that I just found, in which different people give their best tips for glowing up on the reg, even if it’s not something you feel you’re naturally inclined to doing. So, here are some lesser-known skincare and makeup that you have to check out if you’re a beauty beginner:
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Don’t Be Afraid To Wash Your Hair
Recently, there’s been a lot of talk about how oyu shouldn’t wash your hair or face as much, since doing so can make your skin more oily. But this isn’t always the case! Guglebugle said, “if you’re oily skinned/haired, a lot of people will advise that you wash less and moisturize more. Sometimes this works for some people, but if you’re truly oily, you’ll just end up looking and smelling like a giant greaseball. Don’t be afraid to wash your hair every day, or moisturize your face just once a day. You’re not stripping the living unicorn essence from your skin and hair, some people’s physiology just requires more washing than others.” Image source: Getty
Be Smart When Trying New Products
Don’t load a whole bunch of new skincare products on your face all at once. Sprengertrinker said, “When trying out new products, only add one new one at a time. That way if you have a bad reaction to something you know exactly which one it was.” Image source: Getty
Drink Your Water
You’ve probably heard this before, but it’s important. You gotta drink your water. Myhome_mypanties said, “Drink a lot of water, exfoliate regularly and don’t forget sunscreen when you go out. As a rule, try to let your skin breathe when it can to avoid irritation and breakouts, i.e don’t wear heavy makeup too often. Use body butter to make everything soft and nice.” Image source: Getty
Always Remove Your Makeup
Try and make removing any makeup you have on during the day a habit. JenAmy29 said, “Always, always, always, remove your make up at the end of the day. A fresh layer of clean makeup can actually be good for your skin because it holds in moisture and protects from pollutants in the air. However, few things are worse than old make-up getting pushed into your pores. Personally, I wash my face as soon as I get home from work on days that I don’t have any other plans.” To make things easier for yourself, try keeping makeup removing wipes in your bedside drawer–you shouldn’t use them every night, but it’s good to have them for the nights when you’re too tired to remove your makeup. Image source: Getty
Don’t Be Too Harsh On Your Skin
Even when you’re, like, mad at your skin, and just want to scrub and scrape away at it, try to resist the urge. Savnap said, “Be gentle on your skin. I’ve found that gently cleansing (barely pressing against my skin and letting the lather I work up with my cleanser do the work) doesn’t irritate my skin and cause micro tears in the skin like scrubbing can. Once a week I do the Love Lettuce mask from Lush as it has almond shells/ground almonds to do a light exfoliation.” Image source: Getty
Know Your Skin Tone Before Buying Makeup
Try and get familiar with what works for your skin, color-wise. Myhome_mypanties said, “Check if your skin is warm toned or cool toned- this will help you pick out colours that really compliment your natural coloration, other wise, is say you are cool toned which means you have pink undertones in your skin, and you put on a foundation that is warm toned (more on the orangeish side) it’s going to look really weird, like you’re an orange from neck up. This will also help you pick out colors for clothes and hair that suit you best.” Another good way see how the foundation looks on you is to swatch some foundation and then walk outside–it’s important to see how the foundation changes color in natural light. Image source: Getty
Wear Sunscreen Every Day
Even during the winter, when the sun doesn’t seem like it’s that strong, sunscreen is so, so important. Erised_addict said their main tip is to “INVEST IN SUNSCREEN! The best thing you can possibly do for your skin is to protect it from the sun. Make sure your sunscreen is labeled “UVA and UVB shield’ or “broad spectrum” or something like that. Even people who don’t normally burn should wear sunscreen as much as possible. The UV rays that damage your skin cells are not the same as the UV rays that cause visible sunburn. Your skin will thank you!” Image source: Getty
Be Gentle With Your Hair
If you want to grow out your hair, you’re going to need to take extra good care of it. Myhome_mypanties said that, to do this, you should “Use shampoos with no sulfite in them and pat your hair dry to avoid split ends. Trim regularly, and consider your face shape when you pick out a new hairstyle.” Image source: Getty
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